Minutes of Proceedings

Session: 2011/2012

Date: Wednesday, 20 June 2012

Venue: Room 21, Parliament Buildings

Apologies:

None

10.34am The meeting commenced in public session

1. Apologies

As above.

2. Chairperson’s Business

None

3. Draft Minutes                      

Agreed: The Committee agreed the minutes of the meeting of 13th June 2012.             

4. Correspondence

Members noted the correspondence received.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Department in respect of car parking in Whiteabbey; public inquiries for two road schemes; and queries raised by the Committee at its meeting on 30 June in relation to the June Monitoring Round.

Agreed: Following a request from Translink, Members agreed to forward a copy of correspondence noted by the Committee at its meeting on 30 May, with the personal details redacted appropriately.

The Committee noted an update on the work of IMTAC.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Guide Dogs for the Blind NI and agreed to forward copies of the Committee’s letters to the Minister for Regional Development and the Committee for the Environment in respect of Audio Visual issues.

Agreed: The Committee noted correspondence from Belfast Healthy Cities in respect of its annual report and agreed to accept a briefing on the matter.

The Committee noted correspondence from the Committee for Finance and Personnel in respect of the future of EU Funding after 2013.

The Committee noted an invitation from the ‘Engage with Age’ organisation to the launch of its ‘Travelling On’ project.

5. Motion to Rescind: SR 2012/203 The Penalty Charges Prescribed Amounts Amendment Regulations Northern Ireland

10.38am The following Officials joined the meeting:

Danny Kennedy – Minister for Regional Development
Geoff Allister – Chief Executive of Roads Service
Simon Richardson – Acting Head of Engineering Policy and Parking Services

The Officials presented to the Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

11.29am Mr McCrea left the meeting
11.33am Mr McCrea re-joined the meeting
11.48am The Officials left the meeting

On a proposal by the Chairperson, the question was put:

Question: That the Committee for Regional Development rescinds their decision to annul SR2012/203: The Penalty Charges (Prescribed Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 2012

The Committee divided:         Ayes 4; Noes 7

Ayes: Mr Spratt; Mr Hussey; Mr McCrea; Mr Moutray

Noes: Mr Doherty; Mr Dallat; Mr Dickson; Mrs Kelly; Mr Lynch; Mr Ó hOisín; Mr McNarry

The proposal fell.

11.52am Mr McNarry left the meeting

6. Danish Cycling Embassy Briefing:  End Year Performance

11.52am The following Representatives joined the meeting:

Mai-Britt Kristensen – Project Manager, Danish Cyclists Federation & Secretary, Cycling Embassy of Denmark
Roger Geffen – Director, CTC
Dr Mike McKillen – Chairman, Cyclists.ie
Tom McClelland – Chair, NI Cycle Touring Club

The Representatives presented to the Committee in respect of the above. Following the presentation, Members put questions.

11.58am Mr Lynch left the meeting

11.59am Mr Lynch and Mr McNarry re-joined the meeting

12.07pm Mr Moutray left the meeting

12.24pm Mr Moutray re-joined the meeting

12.25pm  Mr Ó hOisín left the meeting

12.29pm  Mr Dickson left the meeting

12.31pm  The Representatives left the meeting 

7. Response to the Budget Scrutiny Discussion Paper 

Members agreed a response to the Committee for Finance and Personnel on the Budget Scrutiny Discussion Paper.

12.32pm Mr Lynch left the meeting

8. Subordinate legislation not subject to Assembly procedure

Members noted:

  • The Parking Places on Roads (Armagh) (Amendment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012
  • The Prohibition of Right-Hand Turn (Enniskillen) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

9. SL1: The Upper Dunmurry Lane, Dunmurry (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department indicating that it is content with the merits of the policy proposals.

10. SL1 The M3 Motorway at Titanic Quarter Railway Station, Belfast (Abandonment) Order (Northern Ireland) 2012

Agreed: The Committee agreed to write to the Department indicating that it is content with the merits of the policy proposals.

11. Any other business

The Chairperson informed Members that this would be the Deputy Chairperson’s last meeting as a member of the Committee for Regional Development. The Chairperson thanked the Deputy Chairperson for his work on the Committee and extended the appreciation of the Committee.

The Deputy Chairperson thanked the Chairperson and Members of the Committee for their work on the Committee during his tenure as Deputy Chairperson.

10. Date of the next meeting

The next meeting of the Committee will be Wednesday 4th July 2012 at 10.30am in Ashburn Hotel Lurgan.

12.37pm The meeting was adjourned 

Mr Jimmy Spratt MLA
Chairperson, Committee for Regional Development
4th July 2012

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